They are both restricted free agents and both in the same calibre and price range. They will both be expecting big bucks after what Khabibulin signed for in Chicago. Theo has stated that he wants to play in Montreal and I believe that to be true. What would be the point of this swap?
Well from a Florida Panther standpoint it could be beneficial considering that Mike Keenan apparently wants Michael Ryder to be included in this deal somehow. Ryder was robbed as rookie of the year last year and has a promising future ahead of him in this league.
I don’t see any possible reason to exchange Ryder, Bouwmeester being the only choice to ponder.
Will any of this happen? Doubtful, but stranger things have happend. If Theodore’s Vezina Trophy and Hart trophies are still dancing in his head and he’s holding out for some more money to give his loanshark daddy, then maybe this should happen.